Mexico City

January 13-18, 2014

What was the program like?
Latin music is one of the most prominent styles in today’s music industry. The Berklee Latino program gave students an unparalleled opportunity to explore the essence of Latin music, focusing on three major areas of study: songwriting, performance, and basic production skills.

This one-week program, taught in Spanish–the mother tongue of the Latin song–was intended to improve students' musical ability and offer basic tools to take their knowledge of this musical genre to the next level. We helped students find their unique strengths while they met other students and professionals from around the world.

Classes included ensembles exploring different styles within the Latin music genre; introductions to core subjects essential to every musician, including harmony, ear training, rhythm section studies, and performance skills; introductions to composition, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering; and analysis of Spanish lyrics and what makes a song a masterpiece in this language.

Watch Berklee Latino academic director Oscar Stagnaro discuss the program (in Spanish) below:

Where did the program take place?
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Ciudad de Mexico campus

Who were the instructors?
The program was be led by Berklee faculty and Grammy Award-winners Oscar Stagnaro (academic director) and Javier Limón (artistic director), and taught by Berklee faculty members, with featured special guest artists.

Watch Berklee Latino artistic director Javier Limón discuss the program (in Spanish) below:

What was the schedule?
Classes ran from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Evening activities included clinics and concerts.

Songwriting
Students explored a range of topics to help enhance their approach to songwriting in the Spanish language and for the Latin music market. Lectures covered grammar, song form, rhymes, rhythm, melody, harmony, and more.

Production
Students were introduced to the different steps of the production process in a recording studio.

Performance
Students focused on instrumental technique, improvisation, styles, and intepretation, as well as performing in a variety of Latin music genres such as pop, Latin jazz, Brazilian, salsa, funk,  and vocal jazz.

Where did students eat and sleep?
Berklee provided a list of recommended lodging locations and restaurants.

Is it for me?  Am I eligible?
Students needed to be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and have been playing their instrument (or singing) for a minimum of six months to attend.

How much does it cost?
Tuition: $600.00 USD

When and how do I apply?
Applications are now closed. Future programs will be announced here and through our social network sites.

Notification of Enrollment
Students received an email confirming their enrollment. Note that Berklee College of Music will be closed from December 21, 2013 through January 1, 2014 for winter break.